So, we've just taken down the bunting, it's actually rather emotional to take it down. Thank you all for making it a fun weekend, organisers, volunteers, workshop leaders and visitors! Have you taken some photos for the day? Share with us, add it to the album.
Want it again next year? Show us some love on this tweet (we'll count the love and rehash the plans):
We're big on giving credits when credit's due - here goes our hi-five's (you get a glimpse of the festival too):
Nick, Create Space London resident, thank you for doing the hardwork of the screen printing our t-shirts for all volunteers, good luck with your t-shirt business!
Viv Schwarz, you are just amazing for turning everyone into space cats (and well impressed with the maker spirit of all your DIY pens, especially the one that's made out of beer can), and still amazing even when you are taking a nap like a cat. More illustration and children's books of cats please!
Nicola and Jairo for your super professional otherworldly screenprinting workshop and the OT after doors closed. Your dedication is just admirable! Beauty, as we observed, has a never ending demand, regardless of where you are in your life journey.
Minna Orvokki Nygren and Catherine Kontz for being so amazingly organised at supporting us so elegantly whilst having to be all over the place physically. You are so much appreciated that, Mike from Create Space London has made some badges for you, out of your score!
Mike and Adam (co-founder) of Create Space London, who I never catch the full name of... You know you are so well loved by the kids, that they even made an enterprise out of your badge press to buy your laser cut space badges. Give yourself a very good pat on the back for inspiring the next generation entrepreneurs! Because of you, they've developed an appetite for new businesses.
Of course, to our engineering headlines: Ray Brainbrige from Tranquility Aerospace for being our first and ongoing co-mastery tutor and leading us to learn, hands on, about the controls of spacecraft orientation thrusters using Arduinos - this time, with the added rocket model. Chris Brunskill from Satellite Applications Catapult for the demo on a Pocketqube implementation of nano-satellite - a palm sized satellite.
To Wil Selwood, our on site astronomer for being so cool about driving the telescope 50 something miles to the festival and set that up for star party at all sessions, even though the only predictable thing about the weather in the UK is the clouds! The sun, is such a warm fuzzy orange thing when you do get a chance to see it.
And to Julie Fernandes, for our amazing logo:
Last but not least, to all those who bought ticket, donated, brought along friends/family, and/or given us feedback, thank you. We've been counting on you to make or break the event!
We are most grateful to our partner in action, Create Space London, without them, we'd not have t-shirts, venue, workshop equipment, all the helpful people from Create Space London - running or participating in workshops.
In fact, it would not be possible to make Galactic Fête happen in 21 days, from concept to close, counting only on ticket sales as the only budget without ALL of you. Thank you.
Please, share the moments you've captured with us at our album - did you make something, take a selfie with that and tweet to us @CitizenInventor #GalacticFête and/or sign up to be the first to hear about, if ever, the next #GalacticFête. Got some suggestions of activities or sponsorship for the next one? Tell us.
So the DIY spacecraft control that happens roughly one Saturday per month has been extended into a full festival - the Galactic Fête! Headlined by our 2 spacecraft learning FREE event, we've decided to extend the weekend to more friends, family and more creative people with a relaxed, summer festival spirit. Thanks to Create Space London for being extremely supportive and receptive to this massive extension to the original plan of the 2 spacecraft learning events - not only that we get to use the usual venue at Wembley Point, we are also getting to have a star party and crash over in their new building nearer to Wembley Park and a lot of exciting makerspace workshop from Create Space London's in house experts too!
So what is it?
It's started unconventionally and it is going to be an otherworldly fête! Galactic Fête is the first summer festival celebrating the mix of space, art and maker culture. It's all about creativity! 18/19 July LONDON. It is a bit short noticed but let's face it, there's never a perfect time to do things in life, so we cracked on. We hope you will take the action too and come and enjoy a day or two at the weekend festival.
The common thing about space, art and maker culture is inspiration. Who doesn't want to have some inspiration in a relaxed, merry, summer weekend?!
With inspiration comes creativity. Ever had the trouble of not knowing where to start implementing with your new idea or think that you are not in a place to do so? Creation, needs skills, at least a rough idea of. Here's where the maker culture helps - with its focus on using and learning practical skills and applying them. Now, that sounds like hard work, too much hard work for the weekend, at least.
Or is it?
At Galactic Fête, we will break it down and provide that a gentle starting point to creativity by giving you a variety of experiences in bite-sized hands-on workshops, smoothed by the refreshments and games. There will be a spectrum of activities ranging from getting yourself transformed into a space cat on portrait, to screen-printing, laser cutting your own space themed masterpiece, to hands on learning to build spacecrafts. We have something for you regardless of where you are on your journey. On Saturday evening, we'll have a star party - where you can observe the sky, top up with more food and enjoy one of the many crafty things of the weekend: craft beer. All that, at an unbelievably affordable price.
You, your family (children too) and friends are invited to come relaxed and celebrate creativity in action, at this art/space merry. You are more creative than you think!
Time: 18 Jul 10:30 - 19 Jul 17:00
Venue: Create Space London (Nearest station: Stonebridge Park, or a 20 minutes walk from Wembley Park)
Here's our new logo!
Having stumble on @cleversomeday's super neat blog on creating fonts using Inkscape (the free alternative of Adobe Illustrator), Steph had a go at creating Space Town Hall font. It's a minimally viable font... ahem, the font was enough to type SPACE TOWN HALL and no more (if anyone is interested in completing the font, get in touch). What else to do but to apply the new learning to our shared journey to space?